Mestre Foca

With more than twenty-five years of experience training and teaching capoeira, MESTRE FOCA, a native of Brasília, Brazil, is the founder of Capoeira Brooklyn, the borough’s only full-time capoeira academy. The first mestre de Capoeira in Brooklyn, he has spent a decade building a strong and energetic community of students that reflects the rich physical, social, mental, and spiritual elements of the art.

Mestre Foca specializes in teaching children, but his unique and creative approach to instruction encourages discipline, focus, and respect in students of all ages and immerses them in Brazilian music, language, and culture. His belief in the positive, lasting impact of capoeira on all aspects of a capoeirista’s life permeates his classes.

Certified as a professional martial arts instructor through IDEA Health & Fitness Association, he teaches capoeira workshops around the world as an ambassador for Brazilian culture. He lives in Brooklyn with his children.

For an example of Mestre Foca’s inventive instructional style, check out Vem Brin Capoeira, a compilation of original capoeira and maculelê songs which he wrote and performed—and which he regularly uses as teaching tools. His fun and inspiring music introduces basic capoeira movements, rhythms, history, and Portuguese vocabulary, all of which he believes is essential to his students’ growth. Teachers, parents, and students can purchase the album here or on iTunes.